Greetings friends, colleagues, fellow artists, fellow history buffs, and fellow paleo buffs. I have been doing art for as long as I can remember, but I only started doing it “professionally” (and I use that word as loosely as possible) since 2012 when one of my drawings was published for the first time in Prehistoric Times magazine. Since then, I have been working on my art as often as I can, and I am happy that my work has considerably improved since when I started. However, I have not been able to earn any income from my artwork. I suppose it’s primarily due to that reason that I have occasionally been told by some people that I’m not a “real” artist, that I’m just some random guy on the internet who draws pictures, and that I won’t be a “real” artist (whatever the hell that means) until I’m able to sell my work.
Well guess what? I now have MERCH!!!
I set up a Redbubble account where I can sell products based upon my artwork. If you’ve never heard of Redbubble before, it’s a website where artists and graphic designers can sell products which feature their artwork. You don’t actually have to make the T-shirts or coffee mugs yourself – the factory manufacturers do that for you. All you need to do is create an account, upload your designs to your account, and select which particular products you want your artwork featured on (pins, coffee mugs, pencil cases, T-shirts, etc.).
So far, I have only uploaded two designs, but I’m planning on adding more. As a preview, I have attached a couple of pin designs to this post. One is a basic red-and-yellow ancient Roman SPQR emblem with a laurel victory wreath. The other is a tie-dyed version of the same design, which I must say would look very fetching if you wore it during the next Floralia festival on April 28th!
Please check out my Redbubble page and let me know what you think of what’s on offer, and if you like what you see, please purchase an item or two.
Here is the link for my Redbubble page: https://www.redbubble.com/people/jrabdale/shop?asc=u.
Awesome! Best of luck on your Redbubble account. The biggest difficulty (at least for me) is getting out there and helping people realize that you exist!